Packages
Packages
1.2.6

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Packages

1.2.6
20 August 2019

Create distribution and installation packages.

Overview

Packages lets you create distribution and installation packages.

Who is it for?

Well, imagine you are a software developer who just completed a project and it's time to work on shipping it. Or you are an administrator and you need to deploy a plugin on the Mac computers of your network. Whenever you need to create an installation package or distribution for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Packages is the powerful and flexible solution you're looking for.

With Packages, you can define which applications, bundles, documents or folders should be part of the payload of your installation packages and where they should be installed. You can even set what the owner, group or permissions of the payload items should be upon installation. And if you need to also install an existing package, just import it so that it can be added to your distribution.

Presentation Editor

With its WYSIWYG editor, Packages lets you set and localize the customizable panes of your distributions. Checking how your distribution looks like in different languages has never been so easy. You can even add Installer plugins to your distribution.

What's new in Packages

Version 1.2.6:
New:
  • Spanish Localization (if you find localization errors, do not hesitate to report them)
  • It's now possible to define a destination name other than the source name for a real file system object in the Payload. (Advanced Mode)
  • It's now possible to define a folder other than ~ as the default location in the Project Assistant
Enhancements:
  • It's now possible to preserve the extended attributes of the files in the payload if Split Fork is enabled. (Advanced mode)
Fixes:
  • Correctly take into account the "Check this requirement against each volume" option for JavaScript distribution requirements.
  • The name of a new project would not be taken into account in one case in the Project Assistant dialog.
  • Correctly restore the selection in the Payload hierarchy when the '/' row is selected.
  • Fix a bug in the Presentation > License pane when removing a custom localized license.
  • Correctly select the Installer plugin inspector when displaying the Presentation pane for the first time and the first step is an Installer plugin.

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Donmontalvo
23 January 2013

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Excellent application, I wish JAMF would buy this! :) Don
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Version 1.1.1
sreeja-g
07 February 2018
I can't run a Pre script with this package. Shows error Don't run as root.
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Version 1.2.1
pant-poorti
24 October 2017
I was working on OS X 10.10 on Packages. Was completely satisfied with it. Have been unable to download the update when I upgraded to 10.13. The URL seems to be blocked in India. Any other way I can download?
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Version 1.2
MacParc
06 October 2017
All (previous) versions worked fine and the developer is very responsive and helpful.
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Version 1.2
How do I put app on the Launch Pad? Otherwise it is a fabulous program. Thank YOu
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Version 1.1.3
apoorva-rarefriend
07 September 2015
Is there a user documentation for this Packages? I could successfully build a .pkg installer with this app. But im unable to sign it with the certificate. It fails during `Configuring Installation` step. Is there any steps to debug or fix it?
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Version 1.1.2
1 answer(s)
Packagesdev
Packagesdev
30 September 2015
To get access to the documentation, you can either select one of this solution:

- use the web link on the disk image in the Extras folder
- choose Help > Packages User Guide in the application
- go to http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/documentation/Packages/en/index.html

Regarding the problem you're seeing, you're looking for http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/documentation/Packages/en/Project_Configuration.html#5
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Mikael-B
22 November 2014
Can you use Packages to modify a preexisting (open source) package? Or do you always have to recreate from scratch?
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
Packagesdev
Packagesdev
30 September 2015
You can not modify the contents of a preexisting package (either the metadata or payload).

If it's a flat package (not a flat distribution), you can import it in your distribution project.
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MacParc
30 July 2014
Great app especially for (signed) distributions and a very responsive developer in case of questions/issues. Christian Buerli [macfix.de]
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Version 1.1.1
Seriously, how can such great software be free while a good amount of expensive commercial software is garbage? Two package tools that are absolutely indispensable this one and Pacifist. There needs to be a paypal link for donations for this bad-boy!
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Version 1.1.1
Donmontalvo
23 January 2013
Excellent application, I wish JAMF would buy this! :) Don
Like (3)
Version 1.1.1
Philip-Petev
31 October 2012
Can anyone tell me how to set up the dependencies between the packages inside the metapackage? I set one package to be selected if other is selected, but in the compiled package nothing is happening. Is this Dependencies Editor working at all?
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Version 1.1.1